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Sarah Van Steenburg is a Managing Director in the Washington, DC office. She is a trusted advisor and consultant for partners, counsel, and senior government officials. Sarah is passionate about leveraging her deep market expertise on behalf of her candidates and clients to ensure a smooth, professional, discreet process with successful outcomes. Sarah grounds her work in her philosophy that people excel when they find their tribe. She brings a highly-strategic, holistic, and relationship-oriented approach to her business.

Sarah is energized by being a connector and creating community. On a monthly basis, she brings together the metro DC Office Managing Partners of the AmLaw 200, called the Partners Leadership Forum, to confidentially share best business practices. She is also a long-time proponent of diversity and inclusion. Six years ago, she founded the WOC, a group for mid-senior career women of color attorneys, to create a supportive, uplifting intersectional community with the goal of increasing women of color in leadership positions. She is a founding member of MLA’s Diversity Council and former leader of MLA’s African American affinity group.

Along with her two rescue pups, Sarah splits her time between a farmette outside of Charlottesville, VA and the Cleveland Park neighborhood in Washington, DC. She is a dedicated yogi, writer, painter and fan of podcasts.

Sarah has advised, coached, and placed top talent within the legal sector since 2002. Following a brief stint at a law firm, she fell into legal recruiting and enjoys the challenges and rewards of helping attorneys build their careers one opportunity at a time. She is a cheerleader, therapist, straight-talk advocate for both her clients and candidates forging strong relationships to create positive, long-lasting outcomes.

University of Virginia School of Law: J.D.

Georgetown University: B.S.F.S.

“Sarah is one of the warmest, most genuine people with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working.  She is not just a “headhunter” moving pieces on a chess board; she truly cares.  And she handled my journey to partner placement as if it was her own.  I truly believe that I would not have received the offer from my firm without her connections, knowledge, and insight.  Her guidance throughout the process was top-notch, and all of the advice she’s given since I became partner helped to make my transition a smooth one.”

-Partner, Law Firm

“Sarah is a game-changer.  She works to understand your strengths and your ambitions and advises with those firmly in the mind.  My work with her was truly transformational.  I learned a lot about myself — about how I grew in each of my roles and how to build a narrative around my experiences.  I came out of the process not only with a new job, but a different understanding of myself and my goals.  She was a steady, reassuring force in a time of change and I am so grateful to have found her.  She will always be nearby for when I’m ready for the next step.”

-VP & AGC, In-house

"Sarah invests in so much more than just placement — she is committed to your well-being in both work and life. While living in DC, she connected me with a community of women that impacted my career trajectory far more than any interview, and she has walked me through some of the most challenging but perfect fit transitions of my life. I am forever grateful to Sarah. She is remarkable at what she does."

-Associate, Law Firm

Sarah's clients are primarily law firms in the AmLaw 200 and high-end legal boutiques. She has placed attorneys within law firms and in-house, both nationally and internationally.

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Sarah is the founder and director of a networking and relationship-building organization for mid-career women of color in the law.

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